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Feb

Keep your New Year’s resolutions alive with the SweatWorking app


February 9 likely isn’t a day of much import in your life. Really, it’s not a day of much import in anyone’s life, mostly because it’s around the time that most New Year’s resolutions become distant memories rather than motivating goals. But this year, we may just find a reason to commemorate not only February 9, but the promise that you made to yourself at the end of 2017. That is, assuming your promise was fitness-related.

The creators of aSweatLife.com, the online fitness community and resource, have launched SweatWorking. This new subscription-based fitness app and marketplace hopes to save the 80 percent of people who give up on their resolutions, and just in the nick of time.

Combining affordability with convenience, SweatWorking hopes to make fitness more accessible to the masses. If you’re not comfortable with the judging eyes in group fitness classes or the sky high prices of a single 45-minute spin class, this may be the app for you. Whether you’re into barre, HIIT, cycling, yoga, or strength training, you can find it in this app. A monthly subscription will set you back just $5 if you’re looking to do no more than five workouts, or you can opt for the unlimited plan for $15 a month. Workouts are available in audio, video, and image-based formats, so you can work out the way you like.

“We like to think of ourselves as the Etsy of the fitness world, taking a more grass roots approach to fitness,” said Jeana Anderson Cohen, the founder and CEO of aSweatLife. “We’ve created a marketplace where everybody wins and both the trainers and trainees are empowered to both take control and have fun with their journey.”

To kick off the launch of the app, SweatWorking is debuting a 30-day fitness challenge beginning on February 12. Conceptualized and created by a number of top trainers on the platform (like Betina Gozo, winner of Women’s Health Next Fitness Star) and David Carson (former professional basketball player) the challenge encourages folks to work out with a team of friends. Participants can track one another’s progress, adding a healthy dose of competition and accountability to the program. Plus, those who complete the challenge workouts will be eligible for a $50 gift card in an end-of-the-week raffle. And at the end of the challenge, you could be up for the grand prize: A pair of Apple AirPods.

You can download SweatWorking from the iOS app store beginning today.

Editors’ Recommendations

  • Ditch the gym and fulfill your New Year’s resolutions at home with Aaptiv
  • Get fit on a budget with the Vivo app and its army of personal trainers
  • Put your health first and get into shape with the best iPhone fitness apps
  • Find your fitness with our favorite health and fitness apps for Android
  • Cultivate a healthy mind, body, and soul with the five best yoga apps


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9
Feb

If you’re not sold on Siri, you can now get Microsoft’s Cortana on your iPad


Not sold on Siri? Apathetic towards Alexa and Assistant? iPad owners now have another choice for voice assistance with the introduction of Microsoft’s Cortana on Apple iPad.

Cortana was previously made available for the iPhone way back in December 2015, and while you could download the Cortana app on your iPad, it wouldn’t utilize the larger screen. With this update, Cortana has been changed to take full advantage of the iPad’s larger screen real estate, making Microsoft’s voice assistant fully available on iPad devices. As an additional little bonus, Cortana also now launches 20 percent faster on all iOS devices.

If you’ve had any experience with a voice assistant (a device that is rapidly gaining broad market acceptance), then you probably know what to expect from Cortana. Like the rest of the available voice assistants out there, Cortana is activated by speaking a specific hotword aloud — in this case, it’s “Cortana.” Like others, Cortana is linked up to various different apps, including Netflix, Audible, and Spotify — but she can also respond to requests for information, such as a request for the current weather, or you can set reminders for later.

What’s the advantage of using Cortana over Apple’s built-in Siri? There really isn’t  one, but variety is the spice of life, and it’s nice to have the option to migrate to a different voice assistant should your present helper get too snarky for you, or not suit your needs. However, since Apple’s walled garden is a fairly restricted one, Cortana is only allowed to function within its own app, so you won’t be able to use Cortana if your screen is locked, for instance.

Uniquely for voice assistants, Cortana has a history outside of the specific app and voice assistance. Cortana the voice assistant is named after another Cortana — a character in the Halo video game series, a synthetic intelligence that assists the main character through most of the games in the series. Fitting for an A.I.-based intelligence for sure, and a cute little Easter egg for Halo fans. Still, it’s a fun little addition, and Microsoft went as far as to ask the same voice actress to reprise her role as the voice assistant.

Editors’ Recommendations

  • Alexa, you’re great. But please stay away from my PC
  • Cheetah Mobile’s Android launcher is the first to feature Microsoft’s Cortana
  • Stop shouting orders at your dashboard with Bosch’s new in-car voice assistant
  • Xiaomi’s next A.I.-packed voice assistant speaker may support Cortana
  • Microsoft’s Glas thermostat knocks Nest with Cortana and air quality monitoring


9
Feb

Internet Association pressures Senate to reverse FCC’s net neutrality repeal


The Internet Association (IA), an American political lobbying group that includes such internet giants as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and eBay, has continued to pile the pressure on the United States Senate to reverse the FCC’s controversial vote on net neutrality repeal, back in December 2017. In an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the IA argues that a free and open internet is to the benefit of all users, and that the net neutrality rules need to stay in place to combat the ruthless monopoly held by broadband providers in many areas.

“Americans rely on and deserve the lasting certainty of an open internet enshrined in the U.S. Code. Strong net neutrality rules are necessitated by, among other factors, the lack of competition in the broadband service market,” said Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the IA. “More than half of all Americans have no choice in their provider, and 87 percent of rural Americans have no choice. The CRA [Congressional Review Act] is an important step in solidifying open internet protections.”

The strong opposition to the FCC’s ruling has been overt and plentiful, with challenges coming not only from pressure groups, but from legal challenges by state attorneys general, and direct challenges from individual states that are seeking to set their own rules regarding net neutrality. The legal challenges against the vote recently took new ground as the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) agreed to look into the claims that millions of American citizens had been fraudulently impersonated during the FCC’s public opinion gathering.

It seems that the FCC may also face severe threats from within the Senate as well, as The Hill reports that a bill to overturn the FCC’s decision has garnered the support of the entire Democratic party and a single Republican senator. This means that only one more Republican senator is needed to push the bill through.

While the IA supports these attempts, it also wishes for net neutrality to become codified into law, establishing permanent protections that would be resistant to any shift in opinion at the FCC, saying that “the time has come for a bipartisan effort to establish permanent net neutrality rules for consumers, startups, established internet businesses, and internet service providers.”

Editors’ Recommendations

  • What you need to know about net neutrality
  • Multiple challengers take on the FCC’s net neutrality repeal
  • Republican Senator Susan Collins will support Democrats’ net neutrality vote
  • Here’s how tech influencers reacted to the FCC’s net neutrality repeal
  • What everyone’s saying about the FCC’s net neutrality plan (in GIF form)


9
Feb

WhatsApp beta testers can now send payments in India


Similar to other payment solutions, WhatsApp uses UPI for sending and receiving money.

For almost a year at this point, we’ve known that WhatsApp has been toying with the idea of adding a peer-to-peer payment service for its users in India. A move like this makes sense for the company, and according to some users of the WhatsApp beta, this functionality is now starting to become available.

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To start making using this new feature, you should see a new “Payments” tab within your WhatsApp settings. Tapping this will take you to a splash screen, and once you accept WhatsApp’s terms of service/privacy policy, you’ll be asked to select your bank and enter your account information.

Once your account is linked, you’ll be able to start sending money to other WhatsApp users by tapping the attachments icon in a conversation. Tapping on a transaction that you send or receive will show its status and which of your bank accounts was used, and after the initial setup process, you can go back to the Payments settings page to view your entire payment history.

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WhatsApp uses India’s UPI system for managing payments, and supported banks include Axis Bank, State Bank Of India, Yes Bank, ICICI Bank, and plenty more.

Along with being limited to users in India, you’ll also need to ensure you’re signed up for the WhatsApp beta to start using this. The feature is still rolling out, so if you have trouble linking your bank at first, be sure to try again later on.

Google will soon let you pay and manage your bills with Tez

9
Feb

Android 8.0 Oreo coming to Galaxy S6 series and Note 5 on T-Mobile


Samsung’s old flagships will soon get a new life.

Samsung and software updates go together like oil and water. The company’s been infamous for years in regards to the speed and longevity at which it updates its existing hardware, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see that the entire Galaxy S6 series and Galaxy Note 5 will, in fact, be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

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If you head to T-Mobile’s support site, you can see that the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note 5 all show that their current software phase is complete for “Version 8.0 Oreo.” This means that T-Mobile and Samsung have both agreed to support Oreo for these devices, and considering that the S6 and S6 edge will be three years old this April, that’s pretty incredible.

It’s unclear at this time if other carriers in the U.S. will follow in T-Mobile’s footsteps, and there’s also no word as to when Oreo will start to roll out to the above devices.

Even with those uncertainties in mind, this is still exciting news. Galaxy S6 and Note 5 owners, who’s pumped?

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9
Feb

Learn how to invest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies for just $29!


Bitcoin and cryptocurrency has been widely covered in the news lately, but still many have no idea what exactly cryptocurrency is or whether or not it’s even a real thing. If you fall into that camp, now’s a great time to get in on Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies right when prices have taken a dip after reaching a record high, and it’s still relatively low when you consider other trading options like the New York Stock Exchange. But how and where do you even get started?

The Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Mastery Bundle includes everything you need to break into the exciting world of cryptocurrency investment. This bundle grants you a lifetime subscription to six courses on how cryptocurrency works for just $29 while they regularly retail for $100 altogether. You save 70%!

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The bundle includes courses that cover the following aspects of cryptocurrency investment:

  • The Complete Bitcoin Course: Get .0001 BTC In Your Wallet
  • Bitcoin For Business: How To Accept Bitcoin
  • Start & Secure Your Bitcoin Future: Join the Revolution
  • Initial Coin Offering A-Z: Become a Smart ICO Investor
  • Cryptocurrency Trading
  • Certified Bitcoin Professional

These courses will lay out everything you need to know to get started accepting Bitcoin through your business, growing your cryptocurrency portfolio, backing new cryptocurrencies as they pop up, and how to manage your collection. If you’ve ever been tempted to dive into cryptocurrencies then check out The Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Mastery Bundle today and save 70%!

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9
Feb

Put some love on your wallpaper this Valentine’s Day! ❤️


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Wallpapers to make you say “So this is love.”

Whether you’ll be spending Valentine’s Day with your special someone or blissfully single, there’s no denying that there’s love in the air. In the dark and cold of February, we could all use a little warmth and sweetness in our lives, and we could some on our home screens, too! Put a little love in your heart and your Android with these wallpapers.

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Heart wallpapers are available far and wide, but none attain quite the balance of beauty and brains as this Interstellar Heart series. The geometric, gradient-filled heart is overlaid with an algorithmic lattice, and the wallpaper’s warm gradient is dotted with stars. On the whole, a beautiful piece, which makes it little wonder that it’s available on Google’s Wallpapers app under the Art category. There’s also a darker version for those looking for something a little less pink.

Interstellar Heart III by VessDSign

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Valentine’s Day is coming, and no one does Valentine’s Day quite like Disney. The Disney Style blog has conjured up not one but five lovely wallpapers ready to grace your phone. From Tangled’s Floating Lanterns to a love-struck Ariel, there’s a wallpaper here for every kind of romance.

Valentine’s Day Wallpapers from Disney Style

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Howl and Sophie is a love story that resounds deeply with fans worldwide because it’s a story that has depth. Howl is brash, he is vain, and even for all his magical know-how and tactical experience, he is at heart an idiot. And just as Sophie peels back the layers on Howl’s life and begins to see and love him for what he truly is, Howl learns to see past the spell on Sophie and trust her and the feelings he has for her. Love is about acceptance, love is about trust, and love is about overcoming your own fear for them.

Howl and Sophie Wallpaper by Yuuza

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The Princess Bride is a kissing story, and y’know, we don’t mind so much anymore. Buttercup and Wesley is also a love story that is as messed up as it is awesome and romantic, and Wesley’s three word confession/affirmation of love is endearing, adorable, and makes every girl yearn for a pirate to order around.

This wallpaper is simple, elegant, and at the same time whisks us back to our childhoods dreaming of a true love that just won’t quit. It’s inconceivable how versatile a wallpaper it is!

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

As you wish… by nuke-vizard

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Roses are a symbol of love, of admiration, of affection, and while they may rise in popularity around Valentine’s Day, I am here to tell you that roses rock every day of the year. They are beautiful, they are fragrant, they are also a wonderful metaphor for love.

They take lots of time, love, and care to maintain. They’re prone to hurt you if you’re not careful (and even if you are, sometimes). They usually take forever to bloom into something beautiful, and then that beauty can fade so quickly. They’re susceptible to frost, heat waves, and all kinds of brights and beasties.

And they are so, so worth it.

Summer Rose by insomniac199

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This may be one of the better pictures I’ve ever taken. Snapped alongside the rose path at Epcot, this yellow rose has the perfect kiss of sun on it. Yellow roses are a symbol of friendship, not romance, so this wallpaper can give your phone a festive air without being lovey-dovey. While this wallpaper is quite flexible when it comes to icon packs, Glim is what I’ve used with it.

Sunset Rose by Ara Wagoner

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just about roses and kissing. Oh, no, this holiday is known far and wide for the sweet treats that lovers and food-lovers whip up in order to show their affection with confection. These cupcakes may look simple, but that frosting job with the white roses marbling into red roses makes it a perfect wallpaper for those who want a Valentine’s Day wallpaper that isn’t quite as saccharine, but still makes you nostalgic.

And makes you a little bit hungry.

First time cupcakes by /u/mang0es

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Want a Valentine’s Day theme for you phone fit for royalty? Head over to our Dark Disney Princess theme pack for some delectable themes with a dark flair and fresh new music widgets. Whether you’re singing So This is Love or A Whole New World, we’ve got themes for the original OTPs!

Dark Disney Princess Themes

Updated February 2018: We’ve expanded this article for a new year and a new Valentine’s Day. Fill your home screen with love!

9
Feb

LG V30s may come to MWC with AI camera tech and 256GB storage


Will this be enough to keep people interested in LG?

While LG will release a successor to the G6 at some point in 2018, we’re not going to see it at this year’s Mobile World Congress as we were originally expecting. A report from mid-January suggested that LG would use the annual trade-show to unveil an upgraded version of the V30 in place of the G7, and more information about this is starting to trickle in.

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According to ETNews, the phone we see at MWC later this month will be called the LG V30s. It’ll feature nearly identical hardware compared to the regular V30, with the one exception being more onboard storage at 256GB.

The V30s sounds like too little too late.

In addition to this, it’s also said that the V30s will debut a new feature called “LG Lens.” Specifics on LG Lens are still up in the air, but it’s expected to be similar to the likes of Google Lens and Bixby Vision in the sense that you’ll be able to use the V30s’s camera to look up more information on items around you, shop for products you see, and use augmented reality for GPS navigation.

While I enjoy messing with Google Lens from time-to-time on the Pixel 2, I just can’t see this being a strong enough selling point for LG. The possibilities for what can be done with AI and camera viewfinders are endless, but even Google – a company with more user data and AI prowess than anyone else – is still trying to find reasons to make people use it.

We won’t have to wait too much longer to see what LG’s working on, but at this point in time, I don’t imagine customers will be flocking to the V30s over the Galaxy S9.

LG has officially stopped selling phones in China

9
Feb

Everything you need to know about PlayStation VR


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Latest PlayStation VR News

January 2018 – Supermassive Games released Inpatient

Inpatient is a new shot at the PlayStation VR bringing an eerie narrative to the inner workings of The Blackwood Pines Sanitorium. Every choice you make changes the outcome of the game, affecting yourself and those around you. As you play through you will uncover more and more memories of your character, including conspiracies of what is happening. Supermassive promises a deep immersion with gender control and voice commands. Can you figure out who you are before time runs out?

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November 2017 – Bethesda Releases The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

Skyrim for PlayStation VR has landed, delivering the acclaimed open-world RPG to your VR headset. The entirety of the original game is available for play, from the main quest line to DLC and every side-quest you can find. As the first open-world RPG of this size to come to VR, this is a big deal, and while it was originally released in 2011, this release has a number of VR specific additions to gameplay.

PSVR Skyrim Bundle on Amazon
PSVR Skyrim Game – Best Buy $60

What is PlayStation VR?

Basically, it’s a way to supercharge the gaming experience on your PlayStation 4 by using a headset that makes you feel like you are in the game. Just sit in front of your TV like usual, put on Sony’s futuristic-looking headset, and enjoy being able to look in every direction and see the whole game universe around you.
It really is a new kind of gameplay. You can be racing and look up to see out of your rear view mirror, peer around corners in first-person shooters, and when using the PlayStation Move controllers you can actually reach out and grab weapons and accessories with your hands. PlayStation VR is all about putting you deeper into the games you love, and so far it works really well.

Ready for a new kick in your gaming experience?

Here you’ll find everything to get yourself acquainted with your new PlayStation VR, or help you take a leap into the future by giving you all the information you’ll need to take your first steps into owning one. With breaking updates regarding the PlayStation VR, we’ll ensure you always remain up-to-date on the latest knowledge.

What we have in store for you:

  • Will the PlayStation VR work with my existing PlayStation 4?
  • Should I upgrade to the PlayStation 4 Pro?
  • Do I use my DualShock 4 controller?
  • How much room do I need to use PSVR?
  • What games are available for PSVR?
  • Can I watch videos on the PSVR?
  • Is this actually better than using my television?
  • Will this be comfortable?
  • Purchase options!

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This the PlayStation VR work with my existing PlayStation 4?

Absolutely. Sony has made it clear that this is an accessory for the PlayStation 4, and will work with the existing PlayStation Move and PlayStation Camera accessories to create the virtual environment. This includes the original PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim, and the more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro. They all work with PlayStation VR out of the box, all you need is the camera and controllers.

If you already have the PS4, PS Camera, and PS Move controllers, you’ll only need the headset to get the complete experience. If you only have the PlayStation 4, but none of the accessories, there’s a PlayStation VR Launch Bundle available that includes everything you’ll need to get started. Outside of the Launch Bundle, there are even more accessories available to increase your overall gaming experience that we encourage you to check out!

Should I upgrade to the PlayStation 4 Pro?

With an increasing focus on 4K and HDR television, Sony needed to release a console that would take advantage of those features. PlayStation 4 Pro features slightly more capable internal hardware to address these needs, and some of those enhanced graphics will make their way to PlayStation VR. Not every PSVR game will look or feel better when played on a PlayStation 4 Pro, but some will and that number will increase over time.

After comparing the differences between the PlayStation 4, the New PlayStation 4, and the PlayStation 4 Pro, we definitely recommend the PlayStation 4 Pro for the optimal PSVR experience. Even so, Sony has made it clear that all of the PlayStation 4 consoles will be compatible with their PlayStaion VR games. This way, no matter which PlayStation 4 console you decide, you’ll still be able to enjoy the VR experience.

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Do I use my normal DualShock 4 controller?

Yes. Every PlayStation VR game allows you to use the standard PlayStation 4 controller, and in fact many games use it as the default way to play the game. You may occasionally be asked to stand, move, or even wave your controller around, but in most cases you can play like you would a normal PlayStation game.

You will encounter PlayStation VR games that are more fun to play with the Move controllers, but in almost every game you’ll be fine to use what is most comfortable for you. The PlayStaion Move controllers are great to have around, but not a requirement. Should you decide to buy the Move controllers with your PlayStation VR, or already own them Sony has released a Charge & Display Station to stylishly store your gear.

In some PSVR games there is even an option to use HOTAS controllers. Don’t know what those are, or don’t know where to get one? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back with figuring that out too.

How much room do I need to use PSVR?

PlayStation VR includes experiences that allow you to stand up, move around, and wave your arms about. As a general rule, you want to make sure you have enough room to take a single step in every direction with your arms outstretched. If there are experiences that come out later with more detailed space requirements, they will be clearly labeled before you buy the game.

So, as long as you can move around comfortably without hitting a wall or your television, you will be fine for most games. If space is a concern of yours, there are certainly ways to make the most out of your playspace.

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What games are available for PSVR?

We know a lot of game set to release in 2018, and we’ve even picked out our favorites. Many of the titles are ports from existing VR platforms, like Drunken Bar Fight, DragonBlast VR and Dream Angling. Other games are from Sony’s list of usual exclusives, like Golem. We also know Moss, that was set to release late last year, is finally releasing in February of this year.

There’s a healthy mix of indie games in the list as well. This is great news for Sony fans and keeps in line with the mix of content Sony has been working hard to deliver on the PlayStation 4 already. We’ve taken a look at the different games available and hand picked some of what we believe to be the best PlayStation VR games. Furthermore, what’s a gaming console without the option to play with your friends? If you’re looking for some VR fun with your family and friends, we’ve hand-picked a selection of multi-player games as well!

Can I watch videos on the PSVR?

Of course! There is a collection of amazing apps to experience through PlayStation VR. Not to mention it’s compatibility with the YouTube app. Their 360-degree videos are that much more immersive when viewing from a VR headset as opposed to moving your phone around to follow the images.

Be sure to also check out the app called NextVR. Here you can watch a number of different live events like football, basketball, dance and much more! With this180° up close and personal view it gives watching TV from your couch a whole new level of awesome.

Is this actually better than using my television?

Using the head-mounted display is going to offer much greater immersion than you could ever get on your television. You can look left or right in the seat of a race car and feel like you’re actually driving, enjoy being able to step to the left as an enemy lunges with a sword, and behead them with a swing from your actual arms. It’s a futuristic experience, made all the more impressive by the special 1080p display Sony is using in the headset.

This means you get to break that wall between you and the game by becoming apart of it. Not to mention the PlayStation VR eliminates the screen-door effect you might normally notice in other VR headsets. Wha’ts cooler? You don’t
even need your TV to even play the PlayStation VR.

Will this be comfortable?

For some people, PlayStation VR may be the only headset that feels comfortable. Where Sony’s competitors focused on strapping the headset directly to the face, Sony’s design takes the pressure away from the eyes and instead rests the display just in front of your face with a clever head mount no one else is using. This makes it quite comfortable, even while wearing glasses.

Now there’s still some potential for eye strain, and if the PlayStation VR ever drops below 90FPS in a game there’s a very real chance the wearer could experience nausea, but so far this hasn’t been an issue for anyone we’ve played games with. If you do experience nausea while playing there are quite a few ways to help.

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This sounds incredible! Where can I get a PlayStation VR?

Just about every electronics store currently carries both the standalone PlayStation VR Headsets and the PlayStation VR Bundles.

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PSVR Headset on Amazon

January, 2017: We’ve updated this article with new information on how to better enjoy your PlayStation VR.

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  • PS4 vs. PS4 Slim vs. PS4 Pro: Which should you buy?
  • PlayStation VR Review
  • Playing PS4 games through your phone is awesome

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9
Feb

Microsoft’s SMS Organizer is the perfect messaging app, but you can’t use it outside of India


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This is what Android Messages should have been from the beginning.

Microsoft significantly raised the quality of its services on Android over the course of the last two years, leading to great Android apps that include the likes of Next Lock Screen and Microsoft Launcher.

The latest is SMS Organizer, a text messaging service from Microsoft Garage, an initiative within the company that lets employees work on projects they’re passionate about. The app leverages machine learning to automatically sort messages based on context, and comes with an array of customization options that makes it a worthy alternative to your current messaging app.

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Before we get into the specifics, a quick look at how the app came to be. SMS Organizer was developed by a Microsoft Garage working out of Hyderabad, India, and is tailored to address problems unique to the Indian market. With the government mandating two-factor authentication on all online transactions, customers are often inundated with OTPs for everything from logging in to a mobile wallet to making payments with a credit card.

SMS Organizer is designed to cut through the clutter and provide a messaging experience that surfaces useful information at the top. Therefore, the app’s main interface is split into three sections: texts, reminders, and starred messages. The reminders feature is one that is particularly useful to me: it parses the information in the texts and creates cards with actionable data.

For flights, SMS Organizer will surface the date and time as well as the booking reservation number, and for things like credit card bills, it will show the due date and the total amount due. This feature isn’t new — Xiaomi has been doing the same in its stock MIUI messaging app for over a year now, but with SMS Organizer you can use it on any device.

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The SMS tab is broken down into five categories — personal, transactional, promotional, archived, and blocked — and SMS Organizer automatically sorts incoming messages into the appropriate section. The personal tab is what shows up when you open the app, but you can change it to the transactional tab from the settings.

Notifications for promotional texts are disabled by default, and as someone who receives a lot of spam, this is one of the best features in SMS Organizer. If for some reason you want to enable notifications, you can do so from the settings.

The app also comes with swipe gestures, à la Outlook. The default action for the swipe left gesture is to mark a message as read, and swiping right opens the Move To dialog box. Of course, you can configure the actions for either gesture from the settings. And oh, there’s also a dark theme as well.

You can also set up a message signature, and SMS Organizer comes with rules to automatically delete messages. For messages in the promotional tab and blocked messages, you can choose from either one week, month, or year, and the app will automatically delete messages based on your choice. For OTPs, there’s an added option that lets you delete messages older than three days.

With reminders, automatic backups, and a dark theme, you don’t need another messaging app.

There are so many features in SMS Organizer that make it a robust messaging service, but the one that made me switch to the app is its backup option. You’ll be able to automatically back up messages to Google Drive — options range from manual, daily, weekly, and monthly — and restore them when moving to a new device.

The option is disabled by default, so you don’t necessarily have to link your Drive account to SMS Organizer if you’re not going to use the restore feature.

The main drawback with SMS Organizer is that you can’t use it outside of India. Even if you get a hold of the APK file, you’ll need an Indian phone number to authenticate via an OTP to start using the service.

The ability to seamlessly back up and restore messages from Drive combined with the robust feature-set — including a reminders feature and intelligent sorting of texts — makes SMS Organizer the best messaging app I’ve used in a long time.

The interface itself is clean and devoid of any clutter, the app has a ton of customizability, and you can fine-tune the settings to tailor a messaging experience that’s one of the best available on Android. Here’s to hoping the app makes its way outside the subcontinent shortly.

  • Download SMS Organizer from the Play Store (India-only)
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